Huawei Technologies is currently under investigation by USA federal prosecutors for intellectual properly theft, and US lawmakers have now introduced a bill that could see American electronic chip manufacturers banned from selling their products to Chinese companies.
News of the criminal investigation came just moments after a bipartisan group of senators introduced a series of bills that would ban the sale of USA microchips and other industrial components to Huawei.
Canadian authorities last month arrested Mr Ren's daughter, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, on the request of the United States, which wants to extradite her to face charges that she violated USA sanctions against Iran.
The case of Meng, under house arrest awaiting proceedings, has inflamed US-China and Canada-China relations.
T-Mobile alleged in a 2014 lawsuit that Huawei employees stole technology relating to a smartphone-testing robot T-Mobile had in a lab in Bellevue, Washington.More news: Photo of an egg beats Kylie Jenner's Instagram record
It's unclear how many more damages Huawei may have to pay now that a criminal investigation is getting underway, but we'll be sure to follow this and see where things go from here.
The U.S report warned that China could use network equipment for cyber-espionage, which in part prompted calls similar to those made this week from the provincial NDP: To have SaskTel release details of its Huawei contracts and investigate "potential problems the relationship could cause".
The company was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former officer in the People's Liberation Army, prompting questions about possible improper links to the Chinese state.
The German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude China's Huawei Technologies from a buildout of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported. They worry that, if Americans buy telecommunications equipment from either company, the gear could later be used as a way for the Chinese government to spy on Americans.
- Establishing the enforcement of the USA export ban: Chinese telecommunications companies that violate U.S. export control laws or sanctions are prohibited from exporting US-made components. A statement from deputy spokesman Robert Palladino on Wednesday said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Freeland spoke Tuesday and "expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals". Meng is facing charges in the us related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran. As part of the agreement, the USA lifted a ban in place since April that prevented ZTE from buying the US components it heavily relies on to make smartphones and other devices.